âFrom a die-hard boxing fan’s perspective, it makes my skin crawl,â famed British promoter Eddie Hearn said. TMZ. “But, from a promoter’s perspective, I have to say kudos.”
Then they turned pro. Logan fought Floyd Mayweather several months ago. It was a total farce, but pay-per-view sales still exceeded 1 million, which is why so many fighters are happy to entertain them: There is a lot of money to be made by monetizing hate.
BoxRec ranks Jake Paul (4-0) as the 654th best cruiserweight in the world, but he is among the 10 most Googled athletes this year in the United States. For those who have devoted their entire lives to the sport, seeing someone like him walk around and go straight to the top is humbling and infuriating.
Paul, who once appeared on a children’s show on Disney Channel, insists he takes his new calling very seriously, saying boxing gives him the perfect medium to express himself physically, mentally and creatively.
âI’m a very hyperactive personâ¦ I have ADD like crazy, my brain is constantly working. It helps a lot. I’m just trying to bring a different angle to the game and show people that there is a different way to play it, âhe said.
âChange sport – that’s what I want to do, for the better. Leave an impact, bring a whole new audience to the sport. I know there are a lot of critics but once they see how good it is. I’m serious about it, if they haven’t already, they’ll have to respect what I’m doing, that’s all I can hope for.
âBut it’s not about proving people wrong, it’s about proving me that I’m right. What I mean by that is I know I’m good at sports. I know I can become world champion and fight Canelo [the nickname of Saul Alvarez, widely seen as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet]. I know I could beat Conor McGregor.
âI’m just proving myself right because I know I can do and accomplish all of these things. As I get deeper, I think to myself, why don’t you just keep doing this? I’m already in good shape, I already have the skills, I already have integrated promotion. If I didn’t box I would continue to train every day, so … “
This weekend, he will face former UFC Champion Tyron Woodley, whom he defeated by split decision in May and, per a pre-fight deal, had to have the words “J ‘tattooed on him. love Jake Paul “somewhere visible on his body. He is now immortalized on his middle finger.
Paul was originally scheduled to face Tommy Fury, who would have been the first boxer to face, but the former Island of love candidate withdrew last week, citing illness – sparking a predictable war of words between the two camps. The last end was a swearing rant from Tyson Fury.
âI love him. It’s entertaining man. It’s entertainment. It just gives me more content,â Paul said. âIt’s hard not to laugh at the guy, you know. Even though he is. talks to me, he’s funny. He’s like a big giant teddy bear that just has a funny accent and it’s hard not to like him, to be honest. We might have our differences, but damn it. We do not care.”
Paro (21-0) is in the throes of this Paul-Woodley rematch, hoping that just being adjacent to Paul’s mega-star can propel his own booming career, even though they are famous for very different reasons. âThere’s a lot of buzz about Liam and the people he’s struggled with, making a name for himself in Vegas against Devin Haney, Shakur Stevenson and all those guys,â Paul said. âIt made perfect sense to have him. I’ve always loved supporting the Australians.
Seeing Kambosos upset Teofimo Lopez – another boxer who Paul had “beef” with – certainly kindled a fire in Paul. He bonded with Kambosos on a FaceTime call after winning the WBA, IBF and WBO lightweight belts last month, arguably the biggest result in Australian boxing history, which he says the has inspired.
âDude, I was just impressed,â Paul said.
âA lot of people underestimated him coming in and I kind of followed the storylines to the end and I was like, ‘I don’t know about this guy, he could probably take Teofimo down. âAnd Teofimo and I had beef, so I wanted George to win, and he did, in a very violent way. I became a fan of him overnight.
âHe’s a superstar, man. This kid is going to be huge, I can just see it. The way he talks, the work ethic, the way he fights, he’s going to be huge. He’s going to be in this sport, and great, for a long time.
âIt’s definitely motivating. It makes me want to work harder, for sure, to have that moment, that shining moment where no one can deny you. This is why fighting is great because if you want it, the only person who can stop you from getting it is yourself. “